CORIN-Asia draws Indonesian experts for coastal study tour  (20 June 2009)

CORIN-Asia and Wageningen International, the Netherlands facilitated a study tour for Indonesian delegates to Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, Thailand to gain insights on Community-based Coastal Resource Management (CBCRM).CBCRM is an approach towards strengthening partnerships among public actors including community organizations regarding sustainable management of local coastal and fisheries resources.


THAILAND -- CORIN-Asia, in coordination with Wageningen International, the Netherlands, facilitated a study tour for five coastal zone management experts from different universities in Indonesia and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, to Thailand on 14-19 June 2009.


The delegates visited Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces to look at Community-based Coastal Resource Management (CBCRM) projects implemented by community fishermen, local authorities and non-government organizations (NGOs) with support from national and regional organizations.


The study tour opened opportunities for the delegates, who are mostly from the academe, to learn about tools, mechanisms and processes that are being practiced in Thailand, which can also be used in developing CBCRM activities in Indonesia.


CBCRM is an approach towards strengthening partnerships of various public actors including community organizations in managing local coastal and fisheries resources through sustainable utilization of available resources, compliance to existing fisheries laws and its effective enforcement.


According to Dr. Somsak Boromthanarat, CORIN-Asia Director, “the projects in Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provide good cases for learning. The processes and mechanisms from these interventions could be replicated or adapted for implementation in other areas”.


The projects visited during the field include the Coastal Resource Conservation in Ban Kao Pitak, Chumphon, the Integrated Coastal Resources Management in Pathew District Project in Chumphon, and the Community-based Fisheries Management Project in Bang Saphan Bay, Prachuap Khiri Khan.


These study tours are among the activities collaboratively undertaken between CORIN-Asia and Wageningen International towards building capacities of local communities on co-management of resources in the region.


Ms. Petra Spliethoff, senior advisor of Wageningen International, noted that involving academic institutions in establishing co-management projects in Indonesia could strengthen enforcement of fisheries laws and conservation of resources for the benefit of fishing communities. In addition, using the Thailand CBCRM model as basis for developing good case and model in Indonesia could enhance the effectiveness of co-management practices in the archipelagic country.


Through this activity, CORIN-Asia aims to build its role in the region in terms of building capacity through education and research on integrated island and coastal zone management.


CORIN-Asia has been the forefront in facilitating study tours and site visits on coastal resources management for academe, local authorities, practitioners and communities, utilizing cases from southern Thailand as an open laboratory for learning.


CORIN-Asia is a non-profit organization registered under Thailand law that works on coastal, wetlands and river basin management in the region utilizing capacity development models and tools for various stakeholders.


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